Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-24-2016, 08:57 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1971 25' Tradewind
Leicester , North Carolina
Join Date: Dec 2016
Posts: 8
new airstream grandpa

Hi Ya'll,
My son recently became the happy owner of a 1971 Trade Wind, but it will live with me until we get some repairs made, so I guess I qualify as Grandpa to this little gem.

He's been looking at them for a while, and called me from several states away to say he found one about 30 miles from me; could I go look at it. Of course, it was a holiday weekend and the roads were packed and banks were closed. So after some ATM raids, we got enough cash to cover the deal. Got there before the other two interested parties, swapped balls from owner's hitch to mine (I didn't have one that big), hooked it up and towed it home through curvy mountain back roads. No lights on the camper as I didn't have a plug or adapter for the old wiring connector. Long, slow ride, but it towed much easier than my 35 foot Forest River camper.

I put new tires on it, rewired the connector to a modern wiring connector, and my son dragged it 4 hours home. Most everything is original and still works. Copper water lines are broken, apparently from freezing. Couple window issues. But he's taken it camping twice anyway.

Yesterday, it came back to me for some restoration and repair work. I am retired and have the time, while he is still working and has a house in the midst of remodeling. I am anxious to play with it, and will be posting the progress in the Trade Winds forum.
whr2nxt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-2016, 10:16 AM   #2
Rivet Master
HowieE's Avatar
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 7,061
Images: 12
Welcome to the Forum.

If you have questions just post them and sit back.
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1965 26' Airstream Overlander with bunk bed - SEEKING MY GRANDPA'S AIRSTREAM Bessie1968 General Repair Forum 0 07-09-2015 11:20 PM
CNN Piece "Not your grandpa's Airstream" smccollister Airstream "In the News" 1 02-24-2011 03:16 PM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:37 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.